The National Football League’s Washington franchise will change the Redskins name and logo, the team announced Monday. The new name was not revealed.
“That review has begun in earnest,” the team’s statement said. “As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward. Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.”
Owner Daniel Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera “are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”
Following weeks of protests denouncing racism and as the country continues to confront systems of oppression more directly in recent weeks, the Redskins are the first team to announce a name change.
The decision to re-examine the Washington name also came amid mounting pressure from several corporate sponsors, including FedEx, who have the naming rights to the team’s stadium. Other brands, including Nike and Amazon, have removed the team’s merchandise from their online stores.
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